Moose Dies at Chippewa Park
THUNDER BAY – Officials at Chippewa Park advise that “The seven-year-old bull moose died overnight Monday. It was discovered by staff early Tuesday morning. A veterinarian conducted post-mortem examination of the moose on Tuesday, but final results are not yet available”.
“We are very sad over the death of this beautiful animal,” said Darrell Matson, General Manager – Infrastructure and Operations. “This moose has been a fixture at the Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit for nearly seven years. It was initially brought to our facility by the Ministry of Natural Resources in May 2006, when the moose was about two weeks old. It had been orphaned after its mother had been unfortunately struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Our staff has been providing excellent care for the moose ever since.”
Matson says that the average life of a moose in captivity is about seven years, but there is no speculation as to what happened, that will be left in the hands of professionals.
More information will be released to the public as soon as it becomes available.
The moose had received ongoing vet care as required. Earlier this summer, a veterinarian determined the moose had worms, a common condition among moose and caribou in captivity. As a result, its diet was augmented in order to treat the condition.
Members of the public earlier expressed concern over the condition of the moose. Matson stated that the moose had been on a different diet, and getting less dairy and more ‘Moose Maintainance’. As well, during the summer heat, the moose had a sprinkler in his enclosure which he had been using as a means of keeping cool.
The moose was given ample food and water, and had been shifting well on the new diet.